Lagoas de Santo André and Sancha Natural Reserve

Nature Reserve
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This area includes the lagoons of Santo André and Sancha and the coastal strip between them, in the south-west of Portugal.
In the area there are the following habitats: sandy beaches, dunes, coastal lagoons, streams, saltmarshes, reed beds, rushes, floodplains, heaths, scrubs and forests.
The forests are dominated by the maritime pine and stone pine, but there are also formations with willow, cork oak and oak. The scrubs are made by juniper and heather.

Ornithological importance

In this area there is a record of 241 species. Highlight to the Western Marsh-harrier (Circus aeruginosus), Little Tern (Sterna albifrons), Savi's Warbler (Locustella luscinioides), Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea), Common Coot (Fulica atra), Little Bittern (Ixobrychus minutus), Gadwall (Anas strepera), Common Teal (Anas crecca), Garganey (Anas querquedula), Eurasian Hobby (Falco subbuteo), Red-crested Pochard (Netta rufina), Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata), Red-necked Nightjar (Caprimulgus ruficollis), and Eurasian Reed-warbler (Acrocephalus scirpaceus). It is an important area in trans-Saharan flyway of passerine birds, mainly in autumn.

Geographic information

38.058429°, -8.808934°


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Land uses

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Conservation status

  • Nature Reserve
    • Reserva natural das lagoas de santo André e da Sancha
      Decreto Regulamentar n.º 10/2000, de 22 de Agosto e Decreto Regulamentar n.º 4/2004, de 29 de Março
  • Special Protection Area (SPA) - National
    • Lagoa da Sancha
      Decreto-Lei n.º 384-B/99, de 23 de Setembro
  • Special Protection Area (SPA) - National
    • Lagoa de Santo André
      Decreto-Lei n.º 384-B/99, de 23 de Setembro
  • Special Area of Conservation (SAC) - Natura 2000
    • Comporta – Galé
      Decisão n.º 2006/613/CE, de 19 de Julho
  • Convention on Wetlands of International Importance (Ramsar)
    • Lagoa de Santo André / Lagoa da Sancha
      Since 05/07/1996
  • Important bird area (IBA)
    • Lagoas de santo André e da Sancha
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  • Instituto da Conservação da Natureza e da Biodiversidade
  • CEZH, RNLSAS 2004. Reserva Natural das Lagoas de St.º André e Sancha, uma contribuição para o plano de gestão. Instituto da Conservação da Natureza, Centro de Zonas Húmidas.
  • Roteiro "Observação de Aves em Portugal", Turismo de Portugal
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